Beijing Olympics Success for Zen Track Bike
26 August 2008
Beijing Olympics Success for
Zen Track Bike
Hayden Roulston wins Silver for New
Hayden Roulston wins Silver for New Zealand
Dynamic Composites - an innovative Kiwi company - designed, developed and manufactured the Zen bike Hayden Roulston rode to Silver. Dynamic are delighted to be associated with the New Zealand Olympic team and their Beijing success.
“This bike made a significant difference,” says Hayden.
Craig Adair, New Zealand Team Manager, says “To be honest the Zen is the fastest track bike on the planet and the guy who built it, Milton, is a legend and a genius.”
The Zen track bike range, with its high performance carbon fibre frames and wheels, has turned the cycling world on its head. Frame, fork and handlebar weight reduction has resulted in less drag, while frame stiffness has been significantly increased. Zen wheels are lighter, stiffer and have less drag than the world’s best.
Dynamic Composites specialise in providing solutions that previously did not exist. Solutions that have resulted in Olympic Gold and Silver medals. Sarah Ulmer broke the world record riding a Zen bike and went on to win Olympic Gold at Athens in 2004.
Milton Bloomfield, Technical Director, says “We’ve been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in composite technologies for over ten years. We are committed to producing unique solutions, improved performance and increased functionality.”
Beijing results speak for themselves. Alison Shanks cycled into 4th place in the Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit riding the Zen and achieved a personal best time. “At Olympic level a race can be won or lost by fractions of a second, so to know I’m on the start line with the best suited equipment gives me great confidence, says Alison.
Dynamic’s expertise in high performance carbon composites has also been applied to other Olympic disciplines.
Shooting: Paralympics shooter Mike Johnson is currently World and Olympic champion. Last week as Mike set off to compete in the Beijing Paralympics he commented “I’m the first person ever in the history of Paralympic shooting to have a shooting table made from carbon fibre. I could easily attribute part of my World Championships Gold medal win in 2006 to the job they did.”
Sailing: Dynamic Composites carbon fibre laser ‘Kiwi Tiller’ was used by British sailor Ben Ainslie to win a Gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Ben described the tiller as the “best tiller in the world”.
The diversity of applications for Dynamic’s high performance composite expertise is astounding. The recently launched Martin Jetpack composite airframe was a secret four year project. Other special projects have included work for America’s Cup syndicates and working with elite sportspeople and the New Zealand Academy of Sport.
"Nothing is too hard, you are only limited by your imagination" is the core philosophy of Dynamic Composites.